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2014 NFL Draft Grades - Round: Picks 1-16
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Philadelphia Eagles: Matt Barkley, QB, USC: C- Grade
This makes very little sense. Matt Barkley does not fit Chip Kelly's offense at all. In fact, he's a lot like Nick Foles, so I don't understand why the Eagles would make this selection. It appears as though the Eagles will utilize the West Coast offense under Kelly, so why even bring Kelly in as your head coach? I like the value with Barkley, but this pick is pretty illogical.
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Kansas City Chiefs: Nico Johnson, ILB, Alabama: B- Grade
Nico Johnson should be able to compete for the starting job next to Derrick Johnson, vacated by Jovan Belcher. This is slightly higher than I thought Johnson would go, but it's still an OK pick.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois: B Grade
I thought Akeem Spence would go in the fourth round, so this is the right range for him. He's a one-technique in the 4-3, which is exactly what Tampa Bay needed in the wake of the Roy Miller departure. He should be an upgrade over Gary Gibson.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina: B Grade
The Jaguars don't have a quarterback who can get him the ball yet, but Ace Sanders should be a solid slot receiver in the future. He can also impact in the return game. He was projected to go in the fourth round.
New England Patriots: Josh Boyce, WR, TCU: B- Grade
The Patriots had to double up on the receiver position after losing Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker this offseason. Once again, they have a dubious history of drafting wideouts, but maybe they'll be able to hit on one of these two players. I've had the speedy Josh Boyce in the fourth and fifth rounds of my mock throughout this process.
Arizona Cardinals: Alex Okafor, DE/OLB, Texas: A+ Grade
I love this pick. First of all, Alex Okafor is one of the top players available. He should have gone at some point in the second round, as some even thought he'd be a late first-round choice. Second, he fills a big need as a pass-rusher across from Sam Acho. Okafor, like Acho, is from Texas, so the Cardinals apparently think that's a good sign.
Miami Dolphins: Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida: B+ Grade
Another linebacker? Well, the Dolphins needed one for depth, as they cut just as many players at the position as they signed. Jelani Jenkins is a talented linebacker who could have gone a bit earlier than this.
Buffalo Bills: Duke Williams, S, Nevada: B Grade
Safety was not Buffalo's most pressing need, but depth had to be acquired in the wake of George Wilson's departure to Tennessee. Duke Williams was seen as a fourth-round prospect throughout, so this is the right range to take him.
Miami Dolphins: Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State: B Grade
The Dolphins signed Dustin Keller this offseason, but they needed a long-term solution at the position because the Keller deal was for only one year. Miami also had to find more of a blocking tight end because Anthony Fasano is gone. This is a solid choice.
Tennessee Titans: Brian Schwenke, C/G, California: A- Grade
The Titans continue to bolster the interior of their offensive line, turning last year's glaring weakness into a strength. I like Brian Schwenke a lot and feel like he should have gone a round earlier.
Carolina Panthers: Edmund Kugbila, G, Valdosta State: C Grade
This is a reach, as Edmund Kugbila was widely viewed as a sixth- or a seventh-round prospect. The Panthers needed some competition at the guard position, so maybe Kugbila can eventually claim a starting job.
Green Bay Packers: David Bakhtiari, OT/G, Colorado: A Grade
Ted Thompson loves versatile linemen, and David Bakhtiari definitely fits the bill. He can play both tackle and guard positions, so he'll definitely help somewhere on an offensive line that needed to be upgraded. Baktiari was an early third-round projection, so the value is good.
New York Giants: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse: A- Grade
When Doug Marrone passed on Ryan Nassib, the other 31 teams in the league had to think, "WTF is wrong with this guy?" But I'm sure the Giants looked hard at his tape Friday night and decided that they wanted to draft him as a developmental quarterback whom they could either use as Eli Manning's replacement down the road or trade to a team that needs a signal-caller in the future (think Ryan Mallett with the Patriots). I like this move a lot.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse: A Grade
I'm pretty sure I mocked Shamarko Thomas to the Steelers in the third round, so I obviously like his value. Thomas is small, but he's a good player and should be able to start down the road once Pittsburgh's aging safeties move on.
Oakland Raiders: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas: B Grade
Tyler Wilson has a noodle arm, so he had to go to a team running a West Coast offense. That's exactly what the Raiders utilize, so it's a good fit. I'm not sure if Wilson can ever develop into a starter, but he should be a solid, game-managing backup at the very worst.
St. Louis Rams: Barrett Jones, C/G, Alabama: A+ Grade
This is one of my favorite picks thus far. Barrett Jones would have gone much higher than this if he didn't have injury concerns. He'll eventually be healthy though, so this will be viewed as a steal. The Rams were desperate for offensive line help, and Jones can play pretty much every position up front, save for left tackle.
Dallas Cowboys: B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary: B+ Grade
Once again, Dallas' later players are better than their earlier ones. Some viewed B.W. Webb as a late second-round prospect, so this is very good value. The Cowboys had to add a corner, as they had just four of them on the roster.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: C- Grade
I usually like Steelers picks, so it feels weird to give them a bad grade. They needed a backup quarterback, but Landry Jones is barely functional. Many people I trust believe that Jones should have gone undrafted. After all, he wasn't even used in the red zone at Oklahoma.
Arizona Cardinals: Earl Watford, G, James Madison: C+ Grade
This is a slight reach, but the Cardinals are once again targeting a big need area. Arizona had to find two new guards in the 2013 NFL Draft. Earl Watford may be able to start sooner rather than later, but only because of the lack of talent the Cardinals have at the position.
Chicago Bears: Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers: A Grade
Khaseem Greene was viewed as a second-round talent by many, but it's not too surprising to see him fall a bit because he doesn't fit many defenses. The Bears don't mind though, as they fill a need with a good value selection.
Cincinnati Bengals: Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M: A- Grade
I thought Sean Porter would go a round earlier than this, so I like the value. Porter makes sense as a need as well, as he can play learn from James Harrison for a couple of years and then eventually take over the starter if he develops accordingly.
Washington Redskins: Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State: A Grade
I'm positive I mocked Phillip Thomas to the Redskins in the third round, so he's a slight steal in the middle of the fourth frame. Thomas is a versatile safety, which is exactly what Washington needs considering Brandon Meriweather's injury concerns.
Minnesota Vikings: Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State: B Grade
The Vikings haven't picked in nearly 100 selections, but they continue to draft well. Gerald Hodges fits the range and definitely fills a need, as Minnesota's linebacking corps needs major retooling.
Indianapolis Colts: Khaled Holmes, C, USC: D Grade
Khaled Holmes probably shouldn't have been drafted. He couldn't block anyone last year, and he also has injury concerns. Plus, he doesn't fill a need. I don't like this pick at all.
Green Bay Packers: J.C. Tretter, G/OT, Cornell: B- Grade
Another versatile offensive lineman, though J.C. Tretter is more of a guard whereas David Bakhtiari should be at tackle. I'm not as crazy about this pick because I feel like Tretter could have been taken a round later.
Seattle Seahawks: Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State: B+ Grade
I thought the Seahawks would go with Quinton Patton, who would have been a better value selection. I do like Chris Harper though. Sidney Rice constantly gets injured, so Seattle needed to find a good Plan B just in case he gets hurt again.
Houston Texans: Trevardo Williams, DE/OLB, Connecticut: B+ Grade
The Texans lost Connor Barwin in free agency, so they had to replenish depth at the rush linebacker position. Trevardo Williams could have gone a bit earlier than this, so I like the value.
Green Bay Packers: Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: A+ Grade
Wow, what a steal! Johnathan Franklin was viewed as the top running back in this class by some, so it's inexplicable that he fell all the way to the bottom of Round 4. Projected as a player similar to Warrick Dunn, Franklin will form a tremendous one-two punch with Eddie Lacy out of the backfield.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State: B+ Grade
I had William Gholston here in my re-mock draft because it makes so much sense. William Gholston is a perfect fit in Tampa Bay's defense as a left end, a position vacated by Michael Bennett's departure to Seattle.
Atlanta Falcons: Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson: B Grade
The Falcons needed a defensive end despite signing Osi Umenyiora in free agency. Malliciah Goodman projects as a solid complement for the former Giant, and he fits the range.
San Francisco 49ers: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech: A+ Grade
Why do the smart teams always gets the steals of the draft? Quinton Patton, an outstanding blocker as a wideout, should have gone off the board in the second round. The 49ers don't need a receiver right now, but they will next year when some of their players (Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham) hit free agency.
Baltimore Ravens: John Simon, DE/OLB, Ohio State: B+ Grade
You can never have enough pass-rushers, so while John Simon doesn't fit an immediate need, he could be useful down the road or in the wake of injuries. He was seen by some as a third-round prospect (I had him in the fourth), so this is yet another good value pick by Ozzie Newsome.
Baltimore Ravens: Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Harvard: C+ Grade
I think this is a bit early for a fullback, considering that some teams don't even use one. The Ravens do, but Vonta Leach is pretty expensive. They want someone to challenge him in order to save some money.
San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina: A+ Grade
I had a feeling Marcus Lattimore would go to the 49ers. It just made so much sense. The 49ers were armed with so many picks heading into the 2013 NFL Draft. Jim Harbaugh loves to redshirt players and use them down the road. He'll do that with Lattimore once Frank Gore moves on to another team.
Detroit Lions: Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina: B Grade
The Lions had to find two defensive ends in this draft because they lost both Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch. Devin Taylor is a good fit in the wide-nine formation, and this is the right range for him.
Atlanta Falcons: Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford: B- Grade
This is a slight reach for Levine Toilolo, but that's not a big deal at the end of the fourth round. Toilolo could be viewed as the heir apparent for Tony Gonzalez whenever the future Hall of Famer chooses to retire.
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